The Epix cameras and boom microphones that for weeks followed the Capitals everywhere from their locker rooms to their living rooms have gone away, leaving a sense of calm and normalcy.
Please forgive the Caps and their fans if you see an occasional yawn today during the singing of the national anthem before their 3 p.m.
With more than 42,000 fans and millions more watching on NBC, the NHL Winter Classic certainly lived up to its hype.
They were spotted at Union Station and along the National Mall. They filled Metro platforms from Franconia to McPherson Square, from Alexandria to Forrest Glen.
Back in the early 2000s, as a pro scout for the Capitals, Brian MacLellan remembers attending games in Washington and Chicago and seeing as many empty seats as ones occupied by Caps and Blackhawks